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Things to consider when buying a used mezzanine floor

Running out of space can be a real issue for businesses especially when they don’t have the option to relocate or extend the property.  Ideally in these situations businesses are looking for a cost effective way to create more space within the same surface area whether to store more goods, use as offices or increase retail areas. If you have sufficient headroom a mezzanine floor can support all these needs and because it’s designed to fit within the original footprint area, a mezzanine floor is exempt from additional costs in rates.

A mezzanine floor is a semi-permanent structure meaning it can be removed from one building and re-installed inside another.  This may sound relatively straight forward however; there are things to consider if you are planning to purchase a used mezzanine floor rather than a new one:

Size and Style

A used mezzanine floor may be easy to source however it may not fit your specific requirements and dimensions. Because choice is limited with a used mezzanine floor, addition costs may be occurred if modifications are needed to ensure the used mezzanine fits your space perfectly. This could mean resizing the floor level, relocating the structural columns or moving the access locations such as the staircase. Ultimately a used mezzanine may need to be reconstructed in order to fit your space and accommodate your needs and these are costs you need to be aware of.

Past use and intended use

Prior to installation, a new mezzanine floor is specifically designed to meet the requirements of the intended user. This is because mezzanine floors can be used for a wide range purposes including offices, storage, retail space and staff facilities so weight bearings, access and safety features will vary. When seeking a used mezzanine floor it is vital you obtain the critical information and deflections from the original design to ensure it is 100 per cent safe for your intended use. A mezzanine floor designed for office space for example, would not have the design specifics to uphold the storage of heavy machinery or goods.

Is the mezzanine CE Marked?

In 2014 it became law that all steel structures were to be manufactured to the accredited CE Marking to ensure both quality and safety. Warehouse Systems Limited understand the importance of this which is why we ensure our BS EN 1090 (CE Marking) accreditation is retained through yearly audits and periodic renewal. If the mezzanine floor is CE Marked there should be relevant documentation detailing this. As the new owner of the mezzanine floor, you would be responsible for ensuring it meets the CE Marking Regulations, and failure to provide proof of the accreditation could lead to severe consequences including prohibited use and additional costs.

Tongue and Groove Flooring

Removing the mezzanine floor would mean stripping it down and dismantling it beforehand, therefore all the decking will need to be taken up before being transported to the new premises. Although great care can be taken whilst removing these decking boards some damage is likely to occur during the process resulting in some if not most boards needing to be replaced.

New access and safety requirements

The original hand railing system may not be suited to the new use of the mezzanine and therefore may have to be redesigned to meet regulations; for example, an industrial hand railing system is not suitable for a public access mezzanine.  If the mezzanine needs adjusting to fit the new space, the handrails would also require adjustment or replacement. Depending on the age of the mezzanine floor the staircase may need replacing if it no longer meets current safety regulations.

Installation Issues

The original installation would have followed very specific drawings and guidelines which would need to be drawn up again to suit the new installation and premises. This would need to be assessed and drawn up professionally by a reputable company who can provide risk assessments and method statements ensuring installation can be safely carried with providence relevant documentation.

The condition of the used mezzanine floor

As the employer and owner of the mezzanine it will be your responsibility to ensure employees are working in a safe environment.  A used mezzanine floor can become strained without obvious indication so there is a risk of the structure becoming further weakened in those areas. An inspection of the mezzanine from a qualified structural engineer can assess the condition of the mezzanine and premises and provide a full report as to whether it is suitably safe.

New Mezzanine Floor

With all the additional costs and potential pitfalls a used mezzanine floor could bring, it’s always worth looking into purchasing a new mezzanine floor. WSL can design, manufacture and install bespoke mezzanine floors and can guarantee safety and quality as full member of SEMA accredited to BS EN 1090 (CE Marking) with full traceability and documentation.

We can carefully design your mezzanine which will not only fit your premises perfectly, but accommodate your intended use. Our design team will visit your site to discuss your requirements and measure the space to ensure your completely bespoke mezzanine floor will meet all aspects of your needs. All under one roof our design team, manufacturing engineers and project managers’ work together ensuring exceptional quality throughout the project. If you would like more information about a new mezzanine floor and how we can assist you call our team on 0113 204 5350 or you can contact your local representative direct for an informal chat who’s details can be found here

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